Oftentimes, hobbies are neglected when more serious work comes calling—like a career in clinical psychology. But for Alan Tower, it was the contrary, as he quit his practice to dedicate himself to a lifelong hobby that germinated as a mail-order nursery. Eight years later, he established Tower Perennial Gardens, and went on to serve as chair for the American Hosta Society convention and founder of the Spokane Hosta Society.
Today, Tower Perennial Gardens is home to thousands of varieties of plants, trees, and flowers, which spread across 8 scenic acres and originate from every continent except Antarctica—by decree of Santa Claus. Myriad display gardens showcase cacti, shade plants, and flowering trees to provide inspiration for green-thumbed visitors. But for non-DIY customers, Tower’s team of professionals enthusiastically offers its services to forge a lush landscape from scratch or restore a rundown garden to its former glory.
Added Touch Framing and Gallery’s décor experts draw on a combined 26 years of experience as they skillfully frame photographs and jerseys and complement artwork with matting. Using techniques of conservation framing similar to those used by museums, they help customers preserve treasured heirlooms from generations past, such as needlepoints that show the location of grandpa’s buried gold. Staffers also enclose bulky items such as sports jerseys and American flags in wall-ready displays, offering a lifetime warranty on their custom framing craftsmanship. Visitors to the gallery can also take home artwork portraying Americana, architecture, and landscapes, helping to bring sophistication to a living room, hallway, or concrete-walled storage facility.
Added Touch Framing and Gallery demonstrates its dedication to the community by proudly supporting charities such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Vet Center.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
Because no two bodies are alike, The Relaxologiists at Mattress Land use their exclusive bedFit diagnostic technology to determine the ideal snooze position for each customer, as well as the ideal mattress. Comfy Sleep surfaces come from premier brands such as Beautyrest, Sealy PosturePedic, Stearns and Foster, and SleepFit. Shoppers can also upgrade to latex mattresses or Custom mattresses made for each sleepier with separate sides, which accommodates the differing body types of spouses and accidentally conjoined mad scientists.
In the same building where Spokane Furniture Company first opened in 1906, its staff continues to help people furnish every room in their home. The independently owned shop brings in furniture by brands such as Ashley or Home Elegance directly from the factory, eliminating middlemen and the nap imprints they leave on sofas.
Sleep City showcases more than 50 Simmons mattress sets, each backed with a 100-night Love Your Bed and low-price guarantee to facilitate dreamland getaways. The BeautySleep Briella Firm set ($279+) models a slim nine-inch profile to discourage inflexible closet-monsters from renting a second property, and the Beautyrest Classic Coldstream Euro Pillow Top set ($599+) cradles dozing bodies atop an extra layer of softness and individually wrapped coil springs that minimize disruptive movement. Sleepers pursuing a moderately firm mattress can curl up on the Beautyrest Classic Songwood Plush set ($999+), bolstered with a layer of premium latex that conforms to one's body shape. Sleep City promotes wholesome sleeping habits on a community-wide scale through its Sleep 4 All program, which takes in used mattresses to be refurbished and donated to those in need.